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Escape: One killer. Five victims. Who will be next? (A Black Book Thriller 3)

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Among his creations are some of the world's most popular series including Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and the Private novels. Escape” starts off with Harney and his partner tailing a potential kidnapper of a teenage girl, and ends in a devastating outcome that surprisingly caught me off guard. Great story lines, with some interesting curves and the ending is a perfect setup for another installment of this character.

It was a detective story of Billy Harney, who survives a shooting with his girlfriend and partner while investigating corrupt government officials and police officers in Chicago. With the loss of his partner fuelling him, Harney strengthens his resolve to find her killer - and to make sure the body count ends there. This was one of his best books (along with the list of his many co-authors) that I had read in a long time. The big kicker is that the mystery was well thought out, had multiple layers, and even more important (for those of us who confidently feel that we can figure out the guilty party before he/she is revealed), the outcome was surprising and extremely well-delivered!

This is easier said than done, as this is one conniving individual, happy to stay one pace ahead of the rest. No spoilers here, my friends, but it was an impactful and sad event that kicked the plot forward in a way that invested the reader emotionally into the outcome of the story. This was my first James Patterson book with co-author David Ellis —not realizing it was Book 3 of a Billy Harney series. Ellis, who served as legal counsel to the Illinois legislature, garnered public attention for leading the impeachment proceedings against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

His experience and solid writing ability are present in his solo novels, which make for enjoyable reading. Their arrival at the abandoned farm house began a chain of events, including the death of Carla, that kept Billy forging forward, determined to find the kidnapper and cop killer. I was especially disappointed that so much unnecessary nasty language was used in this middle school story ~ I know middle schoolers hear and use profanity all the time but I see no reason for a popular author to encourage it! As Chicago’s special-ops leader Detective Billy Harney knows well, money is not the only valuable currency. Following a few key leads, Harney and his partner travel to a rural home, where they hope to find the girls and solve the case with little issue.Bill does standup at the cop bar when he’s needing to unwind and is on the special assignments force handling the tough stuff. Chicago PD Detective Billy Harney was on the trail of a kidnapper, who as far as they knew, had a victim in the vehicle as they followed him. Evidently, the success of the first two books have generated enough desire for a third outing and possible series potential with another sympathetic Patterson created law enforcement officer. Jericho Hooper is built up pretty big in the beginning but plays a smaller role than expected, and also comes across a bit stiff and one dimensional. ESCAPE meets all the James Patterson tests --- clear, sharp writing; an entertaining plot; and 121 chapters in 400 pages.

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